Project Runway: Blood, Spit and Tears
What's a reality show without a few crazies, right?
Project Runway - as I noted in an earlier blog post - has always prided itself on being about both talent and drama, but this season's crazy level has hit a new high. In the first few episodes, we've already witnessed several breakdowns, one contestant's sudden departure followed by an axed contestant's return and some generally wacky behavior (spitting on clothes to mark measurements is just the beginning, apparently).
Sure, it makes for good viewing and good ratings - let's just hope Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn can reign their proteges together before the spit, tears and other bodily fluids get too much out of control.
At any rate, I thought it would be a good time to introduce my potentially weekly edition of the PR Power Poll. Editor's note: Fans of ESPN's Bill Simmons will note that I was clearly inspired by his weekly NFL Power Poll (hopefully it's not a copyright infringement).
The Losers (so far)
Chris (returned this week with Jack's departure due to medical reasons)
The Guadalupe Vidal Division (Crazy Lupe from Season 2)
Elisa: spitting on clothes was one one thing, then the words "he's the only man I've ever fitted on intimately" came out of her mouth.
Blood, Sweat, but mostly Tears
Ricky: Wikipedia tells me there's a condition called "Leamy Eye" that sounds made-up but causes excessive tearing up of one eye. Let's hope Ricky has this in both eyes because there's no other explanation for his weekly waterworks.
High Meltdown Potential
Sweet P: With Steven's departure, Sweet P holds this category on her own.
Safe and consistent
Both have finished in the top half so far, but neither has taken risks.
Kevin: definitely got shafted this week by the judges who picked Christian's more commercial look over Kevin's revision of a canary yellow blazer.
Victorya: faltered in the outdated trends group challenge, but bounced back.
Rami: Quite possibly this year's Michael Knight. So far he's consistently placed in the top, won a challenge and his only flaw seems to be that he's ridiculously grounded.
Christian: his style is evident, but his hair and ego are out of control.
Bravo TV is running a marathon tomorrow starting at 3 p.m. of the season so far, if you want to catch up. New episodes air on Wednesday nights at 9 p.m.
My prediction for the next episode: It's Auf Wiedersehen for either Chris or Ricky. Unless there's a serious Sweet P meltdown in the works.
-- Malavika Jagannathan, firstname.lastname@example.org